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George Washington's Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character

George Washington's Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character

James Rees, Stephen J. Spignesi

ISBN: 978-1-118-03906-9

Jan 2011

240 pages



From James Rees, Executive Director of Mount Vernon, comes anenlightening guide to the leadership wisdom of America's first great leader. George Washington was more than just an inspiring battlefield commander; he was critical to the founding and success of the United States ofAmerica. His leadership, his vision, and his courage united a war-torncountry and set the United States on the path to greatness. Washington's historic contribution to this nation--his leadership and his character--are as relevant and valuable today as they have ever been.

This book reveals Washington's character, his leadership, his vision, and most surprising of all, his business skills and acumen. Most people aren't awarethat Washington, while all of the above, was also a successful businessman and visionary entrepreneur.

Exhibiting qualities sorely lacking in so many of our political and business leaders today, Washington remained steadfastly honest and ethical,following guiding principles that would benefit leaders around the world. George Washington's Leadership Lessons reveals a man of true character,worthy of emulation not just in the realm of politics and war, but in allleadership positions.
Preface: Footsteps to Follow.


Introduction: The Mark of a Leader.

PART I: Leadership Lessons.

Leadership Lesson 1: A Leader Has Vision.

Leadership Lesson 2: A Leader Is Honest.

Leadership Lesson 3: A Leader Has Ambition.

Leadership Lesson 4: A Leader Is Courageous.

Leadership Lesson 5: A Leader Has Self-Control.

Leadership Lesson 6: A Leader Takes Personal Responsibility.

Leadership Lesson 7: A Leader Is Determined.

Leadership Lesson 8: A Leader Has a Strong Work Ethic.

Leadership Lesson 9: A Leader Uses Good Judgment.

Leadership Lesson 10: A Leader Learns from Mistakes.

Leadership Lesson 11: A Leader Is Humble.

Leadership Lesson 12: A Leader Does the Research and Development.

Leadership Lesson 13: A Leader Values Presentation.

Leadership Lesson 14: A Leader Exceeds Expectations.

Leadership Lesson 15: A Leader Has Heartfelt Faith.

PART II: The Rules of Civility.

PART III: George Washington, Entrepreneur.


Selected Bibliography.


About the Authors.